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Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera

Alternanthera lehmannii 'Yellow-Green Betti'

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Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera (Alternanthera lehmannii 'Yellow-Green Betti') at Pender Pines Garden Center

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera foliage

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  O' Yellow-Green Betti, Calico Plant, Parrot Leaf


A dense, spreading plant with narrow, glossy leaves of green and vivid yellow; best color in full sun; great in containers or as an accent groundcover

Ornamental Features

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera's attractive glossy narrow leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning dark green in color with showy yellow variegation the rest of the year on a plant with a spreading habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Yellow-Green Betti Alternanthera is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features